Our little travel group (four of us in our 50s) agree this was a very nice place, and truly an excellent value. (About $80/night/room). We debated how to rate it, though, because of some odd anomolies. The excellent included: Two rooms with two queen beds each that were large enough to comfortably add a rollaway, and which had lovely private balconies that were deeper and wider than the usual postage stamp variety. Essentially all of the furnishings were quite new, including all furniture, the kitchenette (small fridge, microwave, and sink outside the bathroom), and the bathroom's marble counter and floor tile. There was a large closet, and the water pressure in my shower was excellent. The lobby is very attractive and the staff were very nice. The landscaping on the entire property is very well-maintained, as were the dock, beach, etc.
The not-so-excellent and odd: While the large area rug in the lobby looked very clean, the carpeted stairs and hallway on the second floor were as dirty as I had ever seen in a hotel: the stair treads were almost black and there were several stains in the upper lobby/hallway area. I'm thinking that perhaps it is scheduled for replacement soon. (The one man in our group never noticed)! And while the bathroom looked essentially new, the tub, shower surround, and faucet were clearly much older. The rollaway bed we asked for was quite old with squeaky springs and a pretty thin mattress. Overall the entire property looked great, and a maintenance guy was making a list of rooms to inspect when we were checking out, but there were several minor things that made us think management might be a little lax: Two of the eight lightbulbs in the bathroom fixture were burned out, the hair dryer wasn't attached to the wall very firmly, clothes left by a previous occupant had not been cleaned out of a dresser drawer, and the water pressure in the second room's shower was not good.
We think if the hall carpet hadn't looked so disastrous, we wouldn't have blinked at any of the rest of it. We really do recommend that you stay here if the location is right for you.
The restaurant and Tiki Bar on the property use the same menu. We ate there twice and our meals were very good both times. The little beach and dock are also nice. We spent an hour one morning on the dock watching the pelicans dive for fish just a few feet away.
It's true that this resort is several miles from any other restaurants, but we found that to be a non-issue. We either ate on the way "home" at night, or ate on-site. (The "Fish House" just down the road is open only Thursday-Saturday. It offers only take-out food but was really hopping the evening we we drove by. Looks like a great opportunity for local fish to take to eat by the dock some night).
- Also Known As:
- The Resort & Club At Little Harbor Hotel
- The Resort & Club At Little Harbor Hotel Ruskin
- The Resort And Club At Little Harbor
- Hotel At Little Harbor
- Resort At Little Harbor
- Resort Club Little Harbor
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to your Caribbean-style island resort on the South Shore of Tampa Bay - The Resort & Club at Little Harbor. This unique resort and residential village provides a harmonious blend of Anglo-Caribbean architecture, lush tropical landscaping, island style hospitality and the natural wonders of a waterfront resort.Conveniently secluded between Tampa and Sarasota, The Resort & Club at Little Harbor is a full-service, AAA Travel Guide, three-diamond, resort hotel and conference center situated on 124 acres, completely surrounded by the tranquil waters of our harbors, marinas and Tampa Bay. No matter how you choose to spend your time, we have an option for you at The Resort & Club at Little Harbor. Relax and enjoy our half mile stretch of secluded, white sandy beach. Take a dip in one of three heated pools and two Jacuzzi. Feeling competitive? Shoot hoops, play beach volleyball or play tennis on one of our five tennis courts. The entire family will enjoy themselves on our 250 foot fishing pier shuffleboard court horseshoe field or in our two fitness centers or enjoy our watersports including kayaks, jetskis, hydro bikes or paddleboards.Boaters arrive in paradise with deep-water access, 330 wet-slips, 220 high and dry slips, on-site fuel dock, bait and tackle store, fully stocked ship’s store, and boat trailer parking with near-by flats and deep sea fishing.Dine at one of two waterfront restaurants, The Sunset Grill or Sunset lounge and our beach-side Tiki Bar. Choose from a selection of steaks, sumptuous seafood, stacked sandwiches open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live entertainment outside on Friday Through Sunday evenings.The Resort & Club at Little Harbor offers a vast array of guest room accommodations perfect for individuals, couples, families and groups desiring a resort destination. Guest accommodations include our standard, deluxe and Junior Suites along with our brand new studio, one, two and three bedroom suites and town homes, all offering breathtaking water views of Tampa Bay or our marinas, harbor and nature preserves.All guest rooms have been completely renovated to provide you with the necessary conveniences to ensure your comfort. An iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, microwave and mini refrigerator are standard items in every room. A spacious work desk area with ample lighting, direct dial telephones, free high-speed internet access, 32" flat screen color cable television with free premium channels. Individual climate control air conditioning and heating, private bathrooms with granite counter tops and private balconies or patios. ... more less
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